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Gaming PC Build: Looks and Performance 2017

Gaming PC Build: Looks and Performance 2017

Gaming PC Build: Looks and Performance 2017. (Nevermind my Budget Edition)

Welcome GameBuildPC Builders! Another Gaming PC Build guide but this time, we’ll talk about looks, quality and performance with itsy-bitsy budget “friendly” mindset.

I’ve been wondering and day dreaming about building RGB setup Gaming PC, you know those blinking and glowing colors but everytime I look at my wallet it stares back at me and says “Stay away. That’s a Nope AF”. *cries*

So for the meantime, we’ll just talk about our build guide and let’s try to discuss even without thinking our allocated budget for our Gaming PC.

 

Like what I’ve always said, let’s clear our minds first:

  1. This Gaming PC build guide is not for people who can’t play below 60 FPS. Sorry not for you overly sensitive gamers, Jk but seriously. Some of you might only consider this build guide as a mid to high tier but this build guide is for people who just want to have a Gaming PC that not so overkill, not so over dramatic and not so expensive but also that has a room for overclocking, minor upgrades and a quite considerable price range.
  2. This build is for people who want to experience versatility for both hardcore gaming and serious workstation mode.
  3. Lastly, this build guide is for people who can nearly afford. I know it’s funny but that’s the way it is.

 

So without further ado, let’s dissect our Good looking and Performance-wise Gaming PC 2017:

CPU

Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8-4.2 Ghz 4-core Kaby lake Processor – (affiliate link) View here

Released early this Q1 of 2017, an Unlocked processor, Supports Turbo Boost Techonology 2.0 but lacks Hyper Threading. I don’t know about you but this upgrade from Intel, a step up from Skylake was not that exciting. Unlike the upcoming release of Ryzen from AMD that created a hype since its announcement late 2015.

This CPU has a base frequency of 3.80Ghz that can max up to 4.20Ghz using it’s Turbo Boost Technology with 6Mb cache that allows its 4 cores to share access to the last level cache (LLC).

Key Features

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0:  Dynamically increases the processor frequency up to 4.2 GHz when applications demand more performance. Speed when you need it, energy efficiency when you don’t.
  • Intel Smart Cache: A technique that is used for increasing the level of parallelism when LLC is shared between multiple cores, including slicing it into multiple pieces which are addressing certain ranges of memory addresses and can be accessed independently. Which means having more of Cache memory is helpful for multi-tasking.
  • CPU Overclocking Enabled (with Intel Z270 chipset): Fully unlocked core multiplier, power, base clock and memory ratios enable ultimate flexibility for overclocking.
  • Graphics Overclocking Enabled (with Intel Z270 chipset): Unlocked graphics multiplier allows for overclocking to boost the graphics clock speed.
  • Integrated Memory Controller: Supports 2 channels of DDR4-2400 and DDR3L-1600 memory with 2 DIMMs per channel. Support for memory based on the Intel Extreme Memory Profile (Intel XMP) specification.
  • PCI Express 3.0 Interface: Supports up to 8 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to 16 lanes configurable as 1×16, 2×8, or 1×8 and 2×4 depending on the motherboard design.

i5-7600k -is already an Unlocked processor which means having Z series motherboard, we can easily be Overclock. So we could get more out of this CPU.

 

CPU Cooler

Corsair H100i GTX Hydro Series CPU Cooler – (affiliate link) View here

Since we’re going to overclock our CPU, i5-7600k then CPU Cooler is a must.

Corsair H100i GTX Hydro Series CPU Cooler is my choice because it has All-in-one liquid CPU cooler for cases with 240mm radiator mounts. The 240mm radiator and dual SP120L PWM fans provide the excellent heat dissipation you need for highly overclocked CPUs. Corsair Link is built in, so you can monitor temperatures, adjust cooling performance and customize LED lighting directly from your desktop.

Personally, it has a good reputation not just in gaming but also in normal workstation desktop PCs. Compatible with Intel’s LGA 1150, 1151, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3 and AMD’s sockets FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3.

A good choice for looks, quality and performance CPU Cooler.

 

Motherboard

MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon – (affiliate link) View here

While Core i5 series processors are intended to be the more budget friendly offering from Intel, for a more mainstream consumer. MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon is the best pair.

This also means that IF you are in the market for a new series 7000 processor, your H170 or Z170 motherboard can be compatible with Kaby Lake after a motherboard BIOS upgrade.

The new series Kaby Lake processors are energy efficient. Now I’m going to ask you: “Are you interested in new technologies like Intel Optane?” If yes, you should need to upgrade to a Z270 or H270 range motherboard. This new Z270 platform offers supports for Optane SSDs and offers support for slightly faster DDR4 memory.

With the release of Z series motherboard in the market, this MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon outshines all of his Z-series brothers. Its aesthetically black design, metal and dark layouting and few RGB color gives the minimalist approach for the consumers to come and think of it. What I like the most is it doesn’t  have any frills. It feels normal and balanced.

MSI is offering this motherboard at a pretty competitive price level, making it as a first choice not just for looks and performance but also for being budget friendly.

 

GPU

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 – (affiliate link) View here

You can run this 1070 with nearly any game at full max details in 1440P resolution with a solid 60FPS, and 4K is possible on most games with only minor things turned down a little, sometimes in animation at the end of the game but it’s not that noticeable.

AA at 4K isn’t as important as AA at 1080P, so dialing that back a bit is enough to bring most games in line for a solid level of performance.

I can detail everything you need to know about GTX 1070 but we’re after the looks and performance not the frills behind it. It’s also an excellent reliable card at a good price. So for serious content creator, this comes only worth it if you’ll use a 4K monitor or edit/render 4k resolution video but if you’re more likely to edit a 1080P might as well get GTX 1060. It will be more budget friendly. *wink*

 

RAM

G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (8×2) – (affiliate link) View here

For me here’s the answer to my question “What should I buy for my RAM this 2017?” Performance-wise, it’s pretty good but it has a limited warranty.

Key Features

  • Trident Z RGB will display a rainbow of colors in a wave-style lighting effect, illuminating any system
  • XMP 2.0 Support– Programmed with the latest Intel XMP 2.0 profiles, the only thing between you and extreme performance is a simple setting.
  • Trident Z RGB series is capable of reaching speeds of DDR4-4266MHz.

I really like to have one of this even just for a while and take some pics of it. 😀

 

SSD | HDD

Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD

Personally, I’ve installed my OS with Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD and I got an amazing 6-8 secs boot time. If you think of it, it’s just a small metal that can read and write faster compare to HDD but has limited storage capability. So I would recommend that you should install only important application here and give the documents and raw files to HDD.

To fully optimized your motherboard’s Optane capability, here comes the M.2 SSD – Samsung 850 EVO M.2 500GB. Other than read & write speed increase (in layman’s term), I don’t see any more improvement that contributes more value to our gaming pc build.

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 4TB 64MB WD40EZRZ – (affiliate link) View here

On the other hand, here’s your buddy when it comes to storage. It’s a lot cheaper compare to SSD having the same storage.

SSD’s are very helpful for transfering (read/write) and HDD’s are also helpful for storing huge chunk of raw or processed data. So I would recommend having both SSD and HDD.

 

PSU

Corsair RM1000i 80+ Gold Full Modular Power Supply – (affiliate link) View here

I’m a bit choosy when choosing PSU for this gaming pc build guide. “Why Kevin?” you might ask. I’m afraid that after a few months of gaming and editing/rendering it might shutdown due to faulty PSU. So I’ve come up with the RMI series of Corsair since it’s the top tier as it uses the best parts.

It might be expensive but it’s optimal to spend the extra money to invest in your hardware. Remember, it’s the PSU that powers the expensive GPU, CPU and motherboard and other peripherals. Any mishaps in the PSU might ruin our parts.

 

CASE

NZXT Source 340 (S340) Matte Mid Tower – (affiliate link) View here

I have one of this case but the shiny glossy ones. Here’s my Gaming PC as of Jan 2017 take a look.

It doesn’t have any frills and our CPU Cooler will perfectly fit with this case. By the way folks, it is for minimalist, so if you’re a kind of guy who want to see a honey mesh with fan RGB installed, well it’s not for you. It’s just stylish matte black that can perfectly do all the job for the case you want.

Components Parts Price Lazada (affiliate links)
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8-4.2 Ghz 4-core Kabylake Processor ₱12,390.00 View
CPU COOLER Corsair H100i GTX Hydro Series CPU Cooler ₱5,450.00 View
MOTHERBOARD MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon ₱10,600.00 View*
GPU EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 ₱25,950.00 View*
PSU Corsair RM1000i 80+ Gold Full Modular Power Supply ₱8,890.00 View
CASE NZXT Source 340 (S340) Matte Mid Tower ₱3,750.00 View
RAM
RGB RAM GSkill Trident Z RGB 16GB (8GBX2) DDR4 3000 - F4-3000C16D-16GTZR ₱ 8,350.00 View
Non- RGB GSkill Ripjaws V 16GB Dual DDR4 2400 CL15 (F4-2400C15D-16GVS) ₱5,000.00 View
STORAGE
SSD Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD ₱2,190.00 View
HDD Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 4TB 64MB WD40EZRZ ₱6,350.00 View
TOTAL: ₱80,570.00 * Substitute

So with that being said, here’s my question: “Did you read the contents above?” HAHA I got ya!

Well then,

Enjoy and Goodluck to your Gaming PC build!

Regards, Kevin

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